After the execution of Lavrentiy Beria in 1953, the Great Soviet Encyclopedia instructed all its subscribers to remove the 3 pages about him, destroy them, and insert 3 (provided) replacement pages, due to "popular support" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
A tomato is simultaneously considered a fruit and a vegetable according to Encyclopedia Brittanica. britannica.com/story/is-a…
The Yongle Encyclopedia was six times larger than the EncyclopΓ¦dia Britannica despite being written 300+ years earlier. It was regarded as the world's largest encyclopedia from 1408 to 2007 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yon…
During a meeting with Steve Jobs, Disney CEO Bob Iger brought an encyclopedia of Marvel characters to explain what Disney what be buying. Jobs claimed that he never read a comic book in his life and added he hated them more than video games superherohype.com/comics/…
Encyclopedia Britannica was the oldest continuously published reference source in the English language. The last printed edition was published in 2010. The publisher was at that time 244 years old. theguardian.com/books/201…
In the 1910s, an encyclopedia company gave away tracts of land in Huntington Beach, California, with every $126 encyclopedia set purchased. Today, the median home price in the area is close to a million dollars. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The Yongle Dadian was the biggest paper encyclopedia ever, comprising 22,937 manuscript rolls, or chapters, in 11,095 volumes (only 800 chapters in 400 volumes survived), on subjects such as agriculture, literature, medicine and religion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yon…
W. E. B. Du Bois envisioned "an Encyclopedia Africana," named like the EncyclopΓ¦dia Britannica. Du Bois envisioned a scientific and comprehensive work on Africa and Africans that would refute the Enlightenment notion of blacks as devoid of civilization. Due to lack of support, the project died en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enc…
The Chinese Baidu Baike is the world's largest encyclopedia, having 16 million articles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enc…
An ancient encyclopedia places Sappho (an ancient Greek philosopher from Lesbos) in a marriage with Kerkylas of Andros. However, (as Sappho is thought to have been a lesbian) this name is thought to be a joke, with one translation being "Dick Allcock from the isle of Man". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sap…
In World War One, many countries newspapers and people actually celebrated peace ending and war beginning many claiming to be " bored with peace ". Willingly to War. Public Response to the Outbreak of War | International Encyclopedia of the First World War (WW1) encyclopedia.1914-1918-on…
To improve the strength of his chess machine Belle, Ken Thompson spent an hour a day for three years typing opening lines from the Encyclopedia of Chess Openings into Belle, creating a book of 300,000 moves. He later made a program to automate this which did in a few days what had took him years chessprogramming.org/Open…
Mountweazels are fictitious words added to reference works (like dictionaries or encyclopedias) to act as copyright traps to reveal subsequent plagiarism or copyright infringement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fic…
Upon reading all of the 18 volumes of Encyclopedia Britannica he had received as gift for his enthronement, Shah Fat'h Ali of Persia decided to change his official title to include "Most Formidable Lord and Master of the Encyclopaedia Britannica" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enc…
Bill Gates read the entire 22 Volumes (13,000+ pages) of World Encyclopedia in his teenage years. businessinsider.com.au/th…
According to Encyclopedia of Chicago, bronzeville was β€œalternately referred to as 'Black Belt' or 'Black Ghetto' and occasionally 'Darkie Town.'” James Gentry, a theater editor for the Chicago Bee suggested the name β€œBronzeville.” He said that African-Americans skin color was closer to bronze chicagodetours.com/bronze…
The Mathematical proof that 1+1=2 takes 162 pages Principia Mathematica - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
Encyclopedia Britannica’s own market research showed that the typical encyclopedia owner opened his or her volumes less than once a year. They bought them for prestige, not for knowledge. wired.com/2012/03/wikiped…
HHGG’s book-within-a-book β€œEncyclopedia Galctica” (with which the Hitchhiker’s Guide competes) originated in an Isaac Asimov story in 1942 and has been referenced a lot in other science and sci-fi media over the years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enc…
In 1910 Encyclopedia Americana gave away tracts of β€œworthless” beachfront property to customers who bought a full $126 set of encyclopedias. The property stood in the way of construction projects and other development, since. articles.latimes.com/1990…
Today I learned about Lillian Virginia Mountweazel, a woman famous for being fake. She appears in the 1975 New Columbia Encyclopedia as a photographer famous for pictures of rural American mailboxes until dying in an explosion while on assignment, but in reality she's only a copyright trap to detect plagiarism. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Wikipedia is "close to the level of accuracy in Encyclopedia Britannica", with a similar rate of "serious errors" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rel…
An encyclopedia company gave away tracts of wasteland to buyers of their whole set. This backfired when the lots at Huntington Beach were found to contain large oil reserves. orangecountytribune.com/2…
The Codex seraphinianus is an illustrated encyclopedia of an unknown, parallel world, written in an unknown language using an unknown alphabet the-dimka.livejournal.com…
Before WW2, Chamberlain complained to Goering over the use of concentration camps, after which Goering showed him an encyclopedia (correctly) stating the concentration camp had been invented by England. wsws.org/en/articles/1999…
The Chinese Yongle encyclopedia, completed in 1408, was the largest encyclopedia ever created until Wikipedia finally surpassed it in 2007 en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y…
Religious wars make up a total of 7% of all wars. In their Encyclopedia of Wars, authors Charles Phillips and Alan Axelrod attempt a comprehensive listing of wars in history, documenting 1763 wars overall, of which 123 (7%) are classified as involving a religious conflict. secure.wikimedia.org/wiki…
The US Military publishes an Encyclopedia of Ethical Failure featuring real ethical violations ogc.osd.mil/defense_ethic…
Encyclopedia Brittanica did TV ads slagging off personal computers as useless youtube.com/watch?v=lMpgc…
Today I learned of "Mountweazels" or fake entries in reference books like dictionaries or encyclopedias. They serve as watermarks for publishers to identify whether or not their material is being copied or plagiarized by unauthorized parties. grammarpartyblog.com/2012…
The 1917 edition of the Catholic Encyclopedia cautioned against consuming too much meat because it is some how linked to diseases like cancer. newadvent.org/cathen/0107…
Resources such as maps, dictionaries, and encyclopedias, intentionally include false entries such as nonexistent roads, fake words and definitions, or made up events to protect against plagiarism and copyright infringement. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/F…
A right-winged Christian-influenced wiki-encyclopedia exists called "Conservapedia," which was created as a response to Wikipedia's alleged left-wing bias, and all Conservapedia users are expected to adhere to the site's "7 Commandments". conservapedia.com/
Siegried Marcus was removed from German encyclopedias as the inventor of the modern car, under a directive from the German Ministry for Propaganda during World War II. His name was replaced with the names of Daimler and Benz en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sie…
Stephen Hawking lost a bet to physicist John Preskill on whether information in a black hole is recoverable as it evaporates. He discovered black hole evaporation and held for 30 years that information is destroyed in the process. He conceded in 2004 and offered Preskill a Baseball encyclopedia. theory.caltech.edu/~presk…
There is a theory that a time traveler visited historically influential people and early civilizations showing them an encyclopedia CD-ROM from 1995 which inspired many major mythologies and religions with it's imagery. youtube.com/watch?v=fsQP-…
There was an Encyclopedia Brown tv show on HBO starting in 1989 theatlantic.com/entertain…
Encyclopedia Dramatica, the satirical wikipedia-style encyclopedia of internet topics, has been replaced with a neutered site called "Oh Internet" inquisitr.com/104161/ency…
Today I learned of Saint Isidore of Seville. He created one of the first Encyclopedias, and was one of the "last scholars of the ancient world". Also, he's the patron Saint of the Internet and computers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isi…
Dictionaries and encyclopedias include false entries to catch plagiarizers mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Pliny's encyclopedia of Natural History (published circa AD 77–79) includes descriptions of dog-headed men and monopods with umbrella feet with pictures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
There is an online version of 1911 Edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica. 1911encyclopedia.org/
One man read the whole Encyclopedia Britannica and wrote a book about it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Wikipedia has a list of all the errors in the Encyclopedia Britannica, and has corrected each one en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wik…
There is an image driven encyclopedia made from user-submitted photos that's like a visual version of Wikipedia fotopedia.com
The "D" in DUKW/duck boats (amphibious trucks) means "designed in 1942," the "U" means "Utility," the "K" means "all-wheel drive," and the "W" means "dual rear-axles." According to the inventors, "Duplex Universal Karrier, Wheeled" -- popularized by a sci/tech encyclopedia -- is incorrect. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DUK…
Codex Seraphinianus, o is an illustrated encyclopedia of an imaginary world, created by the Italian artist, architect, and industrial desinger Luigi Serafini during thirty months, from 1976 to 1978. The book is 260 pages long and written in a strange, generally unintelligible alphabet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cod…
The Yongle Encyclopedia finished in 1408 in China was the world largest encyclopedia with over 11 thousand volumes occupying 40 cubic meters and using 370 million Chinese characters. It was only surpassed by Wikipedia in 2009 telegraph.co.uk/technolog…
The Unification Church, aka the Moonies, run their own Wikipedia, The New World Encyclopedia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Complete replacement of water of English Channel by North Sea takes about 500 days--Encyclopedia Britannica britannica.com/EBchecked/…

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